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Old 07-25-12, 10:39 PM
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Re: ADD Coach? Anyone every try this?

Two years ago, I found a local ADHD coach. I Couldn't afford her normal rates, but she ended up giving me a HUGE discount and we scheduled half-hour sessions over the phone.

She was enormously helpful. The woman gave me some fantastic ideas and a just ways of thinking about my life and how to make it easier. I'm still putting into practice some of the principles she shared with me.

We met for 8 sessions ... I might go for another 8 rounds in the future. But to answer your question, the coaching was really helpful and eye-opening.

Frankly, I didn't even think twice about the phone calls. She was totally focused when she called me, sent me emails afterwards outlining notes of our talks. She remembered what I said from week to week.

Coaches who understand ADHD are amazing. Now understand, it might take you a little while to start implementing some of the ideas and concepts that come up. But you will ...

The coach pointed out so many legit ways I could make my job easier, by having others do just a little more of the organization of things--I'm still putting this into practice.

Good luck.

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Old 07-26-12, 02:11 AM
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Re: ADD Coach? Anyone every try this?

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Where are the studies for the effectiveness of coaching?
Here's one that discusses it:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2628311/

It also explains some of the differences between the cbt that is being used for adhd and coaching.
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Re: ADD Coach? Anyone every try this?

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That study and another five of the most recent clinical trials of CBT in adults with ADHD (that showed some promise) are reviewed in a separate chapter of a new scientific reference called: ADHD in ADULTS- Characterization, Diagnosis and Treatment by Jan Buitelaar et al, (2011), Cambridge University Press.

Weiss et al, and one (I think, from memory) other study in the group of six, make the claim that their results demonstrate the efficacy of CBT for adults with ADHD who are unmedicated.
That Weiss et al is from 2008. The one I referenced is from 2011 and is a blind study with some medicated and some placebo.

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Re: ADD Coach? Anyone every try this?

I did ADHD coaching for a couple months. I did it with a company that was in town and had a few coaches. I didn't go to the head person (who was supposed to be a miracle worker) and wish I would have. Generally ADHD coaches have ADHD themselves, and the one I had didn't really have hers under control to the point where I thought she should be coaching other people. Essentially I was paying for an hour or something plus my travel to her office, and I wasn't getting my entire time's worth of it. My last visit she started to be extremely helpful, but by that time, it was just too expensive.

If I could find a coach who charged a reasonable rate, I would definitely recommend it, but no matter what the rate is, if the person isn't helping, there's no reason to go. I guess my point is try it, and see how you like it. The experience is entirely different depending on who your coach is.
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Re: ADD Coach? Anyone every try this?

As a coach and as one that uses a coach, I highly reccommend the experience. When seeking one out, make sure they truly understand ADHD. It will make a great deal of difference in your experience.
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Re: ADD Coach? Anyone every try this?

I've been using a coach who has ADHD herself. She's a nice person, and I relate to her, but I don't think that's enough. Partly because of her ADD tendencies, I don't think she has been very helpful. So I'm going to be stopping the coaching after this month, after paying over $1000 for 3 months. And that was *with* a discount based on my life situation. I cashed out some of my investments that were supposed to be for retirement to do this.

I need an environment with lots of structure and reminders, especially visual reminders. My memory sucks and my note taking skills suck, so having a coach that emailed me notes afterwards would help. I also am not sure whether the phone format works for me, since I am a very visual learner and really need to see stuff to absorb it.

The coach gave me a few reminders about things I'd already heard, and when I asked for stress/anxiety/procrastination management tips, pointed me to a book I was planning on buying eventually. I decided that since I absorb things visually, I should just go and buy tons of books on ADHD. Then read and highlight anything that speaks to me. Since I'm buying books on Kindle, they are a little cheaper that way. There are two books that are something like 365 tips from ADHD Coaches, so I figured even though those are some of the pricier books, I'd get a decent number of tips out of them and still cheaper than one visit to the coach.

I wouldn't object to the large amount of money that I paid if I was getting what I hoped for out of it. I don't need gentle probing to unearth the solutions that are within me. I need to say this is my barrier. Then get a response with a list of strategies that come from the coaches experience working with others, stuff they learned in training, etc. Then come up with a structured plan for me to implement one or more of the strategies. After the session, get some sort of reminder/trigger from the coach about what I was planning on doing. At the beginning of the next session, get asked by the coach if I did what I was going to do.

I'm going to be trying some group coaching/classes next and will see if I can learn more at a more reasonable price.

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Re: ADD Coach? Anyone every try this?

I coach kids all the time at a small non-profit here in Kansas City. We have online materials for interested parents. The success I have is almost always tied to the amount of effort both I and my client student and parents put forth. That being said, I do work hard to make sure everything I deliver is what the student needs.
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Re: ADD Coach? Anyone every try this?

I am a peer coach believe it or not, that is my living at the moment. I can try to help anyone via pm if they have any challenges that are going on in regards to their ADHD.

I think a peer coach or adhd coach's job is to give the client accountability through reflection and motivational interviewing. In that, I mean most the work has to be done by the client but, as they say, two heads are better than one.

Having an outsider perspective on your life, that is understanding and non judgmental can help you pull the weeds and identify them, in regards to productivity, organization and motivation. The main job of the ADHD coach is to find what works for the client, as opposed to saying "AHA! SEE YOU ****** THAT UP AGAIN DIDN'T YOU!"

Should based coaching doesn't work.

I don't know any studies off the top of my head but whether or not it works really just depends on you and your thought process going into it. Medications really solve about half the symptoms and i'm not someone against meds but I also don't think they are the entire answer to life's problems.

Anyways i'm not selling anything, and my advice and time are always free here and open to anyone.( I don't have a website or a 10 step program either. )

As always though, take what the stranger behind the computer says with a grain of salt. In that regards I mean, by stating i'm a peer specialist isn't a power play or proof of credentials so all I can offer is just reflection and at the end of the day, friendly advice.

Best of luck to you.
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